University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Physics B.A. - Teaching Broadfield Science

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the non-teaching track since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Bachelor of Arts - Physics; Broadfield Teaching Science Concentration

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Physics Requirements24
Required Physics Courses
Physics Elective
Math Requirements15
Statistics Requirements3-4
Astronomy Requirements4
Geology Requirements7
Biology Requirements12
Chemistry Requirements11
Advanced College Writing Requirement3
Teaching Methods Requirement4
Total Hours83-84

Degree Specific Credits: 83-84

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Note: Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education for more information. A major GPA of 2.75 is required to be eligible for student teaching.

Physics Requirements

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 24 total credits required.

Required Physics Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
PHSX 215NFundamentals of Physics with Calculus I4
PHSX 216NPhysics Laboratory I with Calculus1
PHSX 217NFundamentals of Physics with Calculus II4
PHSX 218NPhysics Laboratory II with Calculus1
PHSX 301Intro Theoretical Physics3
PHSX 311Oscillations and Waves2
PHSX 330Communicating Physics3
PHSX 343Modern Physics3
Total Hours21

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics Elective

Complete 1 additional upper division Physics course.3
Total Hours3

Math Requirements

Complete all of the following courses:
M 171Calculus I4
M 172Calculus II4
M 273Multivariable Calculus4
M 274Introduction to Differential Equations3
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Statistics Requirements

Complete one of the following courses:
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics3-4
or STAT 341 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Astronomy Requirements

Complete all of the following courses:
ASTR 131NPlanetary Astronomy3
ASTR 134NPlanetary Astronomy Lab1
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Geology Requirements

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 7 total credits required. 

Required Geology Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
GEO 101NIntroduction to Physical Geology3
GEO 102NIntroduction to Physical Geology Lab1
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Geology Electives

Complete one of the following courses:3
Planetary Science
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Biology Requirements

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOB 160NPrinciples of Living Systems3
BIOB 161NPrinciples of Living Systems Lab1
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry Requirements

Complete all of the following courses:
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
CHMY 485Laboratory Safety1
Total Hours11

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Note: May substitute another advanced writing course as approved by the department chair.

Complete the following course:
PHSX 330Communicating Physics3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Teaching Methods Requirement

Note: The EDU 497 course number is used for multiple courses. Students should register for EDU 497 Methods: 5-12 Science.

Complete the following course:
EDU 497Teaching and Assessing3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach Physics, Broadfield Science, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department